Well, since it's the last day of January for this year and since I don't have a lot to show for it, I thought I'd delve into my pictures from previous years and pick some that didn't previously make it into the blog. I had so many shots from this January day back in 2014 that it was hard to choose which ones to include. Short-eared Owls rank pretty highly among the birds I would like to be able to photograph, unfortunately there haven't been any in the areas I typically go for the last couple of winters - at least to my knowledge.
It hasn't been good for owls in general this winter now that we seem to be on the tail end of the Snowy Owl irruption that started two winters ago. I have had only one sighting this year. It's also likely that Barred Owl numbers are down as well since last winter was so harsh with frozen layers in the thick snow cover that made it hard for the owls to get at their regular food source of small rodents.